George E. Bonney, a statistical geneticist and biostatistician who was professor of community health and family medicine at Howard University’s medical school, died June 29 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. He was 65.
The cause was a heart attack, said his daughter, Aba Kwawu.
Dr. Bonney, a native of Ghana, was associate professor of biometry and genetics at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans before joining Howard’s National Human Genome Center in 1987.
He left in 1991 to become chairman of the department of biostatistics at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He returned to Howard in 1998 and remained on the faculty until his death.
George Ebow Bonney was born in Mumford, Ghana, and graduated in 1972 from the University of Ghana, where he also received a master’s degree in genetics in 1976. He received a doctorate in biostatistics and genetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981.
Dr. Bonney was on the boards of directors of the National Human Genome Research Project and the America Statistical Association. In 1988, he received the George W. Sender Award, which is sponsored by the American Statistical Association and the Biometrics Societies of North America and is given for the best published work on biometry in any North American journal.
He was a Rockville resident and a member of Calvary Redeeming Methodist Church in Rockville.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Efua Essaba Bonney of Rockville; two children, Aba Bonney Kwawu of Silver Spring and Kofi Bonney of Washington; and two grandchildren.
— Bart Barnes